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Charleston, South Carolina. Areial view of downtown rooftops and sailboat in harbor
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Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, city (2010 population120,083), capital of Charleston county, SE South Carolina, 85 mi/137 km NE of Savannah, Georgia, on low, narrow peninsula in Charleston Harbor, formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Sometimes nicknamed The Holy City, for the many church spires that dominate the skyline, and Palmetto City. The harbor is the site of Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired. The city is noted for its antebellum architecture.